What costs are involved in a bathroom renovation?

Friday, February 5, 2021

You’ve picked out the tile, found the perfect faucet for your sink, and even have a mirror to hang over your vanity as the finishing touch—yes, you’re finally ready to renovate your bathroom! Many of our customers who are about to undertake a bathroom renovation spend months planning even the smallest details, but aren’t sure what their total costs will end up being. Below, we go over some of the costs involved in a bathroom renovation so you know what to expect. 

Factors That Impact How Much to Remodel a Bathroom

Before we break down what you’ll need to pay for when you’re remodeling a bathroom, let’s talk about some critical factors that can affect your total costs. 


One of the most important factors is room size. Renovating a master bath will cost much more than a powder room. You should also think about how complete your renovation will be—are you moving your sink or switching out a big bathtub with a more modern shower? Or are you simply repainting and updating some fixtures? A remodel can mean different things to different people and if you’re simply looking to modernize what you already have in place, you might be surprised how affordable your bathroom renovation ends up being.


Next, think about the quality of materials and finishes. Top-of-the-line everything will cost a lot more than choosing more budget-friendly items. If you don’t want to break the bank on your bathroom remodel, but you’d like some high-end touches, think about what matters most to you. Want a fancy shower head for a spa-like experience? Maybe splurge on that and opt for a more affordable toilet. When it’s time to choose your bathroom plumbing fixtures, our team is happy to make recommendations to ensure that your money is being spent wisely.

What You’ll Need to Budget for in a Bathroom Renovation

As discussed above, the exact costs involved in a bathroom remodel depend upon the size of your room and the types of materials involved. Rather than giving you ballpark figures, we’ve allocated each component a percentage of the average bathroom renovation budget, based on data from HomeAdvisor.

  • Toilets and sinks – 10 to 20%
  • Showers and/or bathtub – 5 to 25%
  • Bathroom vanity – 10 to 30%
  • Countertops – 5 to 10%
  • Lighting – 5 to 7%
  • Bathroom fan – 2 to 5%
  • Flooring – 10 to 15%
  • Doors and windows – 8 to 10%
  • Paint – 5 to 6%
  • Faucets and plumbing – 12 to 16%

There are also labor costs involved. If you’re handy (and have the time), you may wish to do tile work, painting, or light fixture installation yourself to save on costs, but we recommend hiring a professional plumber when it comes to the plumbing. There’s a lot that can go wrong in a bathroom renovation—and when things go wrong, it can cause a lot of damage!

Learn More About Bathroom Remodeling

Are you considering a bathroom remodel? Renovating bathrooms is one of our specialties! Contact us today at 703-331-2100 to schedule an estimate and get started.

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